‘Eeny Meeny’ M.J.Arlidge

Firstly, I have to confess, I finished this book ages ago and just haven’t got around to blogging about it (apparently my need for sleep took priority. Growing a human being is hard work!)

‘Eeny Meeny’ was recommended to me by a colleague and I have to admit the premise intrigued me. Two people are kidnapped and locked in an inescapable prison/container/room. The phone rings and they are told one thing only before the battery dies: one of them must kill the other in order to escape, using the only content of the room, a gun loaded with one bullet. Left to starve to death, dehydration kicks in and the victims find themselves incapable of rational thought. The question DI Helen Grace needs to answer is, who is the true ‘killer’?

As a quick read, this book was highly enjoyable, with twists and turns that might be expected in any crime novel. There were some laughable moments – every character seems to possess an amazing level of beauty and grace, especially Helen Grace, as the author frequently reminds us. Is it really necessary for each character not only to possess strong personality attributes but also to look physically attractive, especially to the opposite sex (apparently if you read this book, yes)?